A big rig recently drove across the median of Interstate 35, into a head-on collision with the driver's side of the bus before it kept going across the highway lanes all the way to the other side of the road. There were no apparent signs that the driver, a Texas resident, hit the semi's brakes to try to avoid the truck accident.
The investigation into whether the 18-wheeler careened out of its lane because of negligent truck maintenance, defective auto parts, fatigue, or an inattentive truck driver is ongoing.
The driver told highway patrol officers who are investing the accident that he was distracted by something in the cab of his big rig. The initial examination of the 18-wheeler did not turn up anything that would suggest malfunctioning brakes.
The accident victims were on a bus carrying a Texas community college women's softball team home from a game. Four team members, aged 18 to 20, were killed in the truck accident. Two teens remain hospitalized with serious injuries and 10 others were treated and released after the truck accident.
The truck driver had a clean driving record for the past two years (earlier records were not immediately available), and the truck company he was driving for has a better-than-average maintenance record and no federal penalties for safety violations in the six years for which records are available.
Accidents involving big rigs or buses took the lives of over 4,000 people across the United States in 2013. Similar numbers were killed in the three years prior to that.
When South Texas or San Antonio residents are injured due to the possibly negligent actions of an inattentive truck driver, an experienced attorney may be able to help them recover damages to provide some compensation for the serious injuries and damages that such an accident can cause.
Source: ABC6, "No sign truck driver tried to avoid crash with bus," Christopher Sherman, Sept. 28, 2014